Friday, November 17, 2017

‘Justice League’ Struggles to Give Its Superheroes Equal Screen Time

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:20 AM

The first in what will likely be a multi-part series that includes superheroes such as Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Justice League, which opens today areawide, struggles to tell a cohesive story and give its heroes equal screen time.

The film begins with a series of scattered subplots: Victor Stone/Cyborg is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash; Aquaman has isolated himself to a remote part of the world; the Flash regularly visits his father (Billy Crudup) in prison, hoping to one day free him; and Superman is dead. Oh yeah, and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane) are still struggling to return to their daily routines after Superman's death. Their storylines are decidedly underdeveloped.

Given that the Man of Steel no longer reigns supreme, chaos has descended on the city, and Batman has failed to step in and provide some order to Gotham, much to the chagrin of Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons). Batman seems troubled (more so, than usual) and regularly questions his self-worth.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

In Honor of Its 75th Anniversary, 'Casablanca' to Show at 14 Area Theaters

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 4:23 PM

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In November 1942, Casablanca debuted in New York. Critics raved, and after it was released nationally, the f ilm would go to become one of the most famous movies of all time.

According to the folks at the American Film Institute, it checks in at No. 3 on their list of the greatest movies ever made.

The film centers on the “struggle and backroom dealings" many Europeans faced trying to flee the continent for America through Morocco during World War II. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid star.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, 14 area theaters will screen the film at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday and on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Machine Gun Kelly Set to Star in New Sandra Bullock Thriller

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 9:42 AM

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East Cleveland hip-hop artist Machine Gun Kelly (aka Colson Baker) has officially signed on for Sandra Bullock's latest project Bird Box, Variety reports.

MGK, who's already had a big year after being named a Reebok global ambassador, releasing a super-slick new album and announcing a special Cleveland Christmas show, is joining a cast that also includes Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver and the always strange John Malkovich. Taking on director duties is Susanne Bier, of After the Wedding and Things We Lost in the Fire.

All we currently know about the plot of this Netflix thriller/drama is that it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where people are forced to walk along a river. No word on if MGK is set to rap for this one, or how much screen time he'll get with Bullock.

This is not Machine Gun Kelly's first foray into acting, of course. He was previously seen in the indie films Nerve and The Land, along with the short-lived Cameron Crowe TV show Roadies. And you can soon see him in next year's Captive State.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Cleveland Film Fest To Move 2018 Opening Night to Playhouse Square

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Citing the success of last year's Believeland screening, organizers of the Cleveland International Film Festival have announced that next year's opening night screening and gala will take place at Playhouse Square.

Because the festival is happening slightly later in the year — the 42nd annual CIFF begins Wednesday, April 4 — dates were available at Cleveland's principal theater complex, the largest performing arts center in the county outside NYC.

"Somehow the stars aligned,” CIFF Director Marcie Goodman told the Akron Becaon-Journal.

In the past, opening night festivities have taken place at Tower City. This year, member headquarters and the majority of the screenings will still occur at Tower City. Attendees can expect satellite screenings across town as well. The off-site events have steadily increased over the past three years.

The key advantage of an opening night screening at Playhouse Square is capacity. The Palace Theater, where the screening will take place, can hold more than 2,700 people.

The opening night film has yet to be announced. And while most of the information about CIFF42 won't be released until March, 2018, you can already buy tickets for the opening night soireee at
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rock Hall to Host Kids Film It Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 3:47 PM

When 14-year-old Ryan Levine decided to start a film festival for kids, he chose to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation because his grandmother has Parkinson’s disease.

“Michael J. Fox is an incredible actor but what he has done for Parkinson’s disease is even more impressive,” explains Levine in a press release announcing the details for this year’s Kids Film It Festival, which comes to the Rock Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. “I love movie making but there aren’t many festivals that encourage movies made by kids and we want to teach kids that they can put their passion to good use, raising money for a cause. We want this to be like Sundance or Tribeca but for kids and for charity.”

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dark Comedy 'Suburbicon' Attempts to Debunk American Myths

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Joel and Ethan Coen helped director George Clooney pen the script to his new film, Suburbicon, a quirky dark comedy about how all hell breaks loose in a quiet suburban neighborhood when a couple of cronies go after a seemingly straight-laced family man who owes their boss a ton of cash.

The Coens' quirky sensibilities can’t redeem the film, however, as it covers familiar territory and tries too hard to make a social statement.

It opens area-wide tomorrow.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Director Adam Green to Appear at the Capitol Theatre's Screening of His New Horror Flick 'Victor Crowley'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Writer-director Adam Green says that after Hatchet III came out in 2013, he was “done” with his Hatchet horror trilogy and had no intention of revisiting the series. In fact, he’d even become “disenchanted” with filmmaking.

“If you were to ask [filmmakers] George Romero or Wes Craven, they all created these things that became very big,” he says in a recent phone interview. “But they never got anything for it. I would see the [Hatchet] comic books and Halloween masks and wonder how I have never gotten a dime. I was starting to hate it.”

Then, he went through what he describes as “a horribly dark period” of his life during which a friend overdosed on heroin and died. Green also filed for divorce, and then, his friend Craven died.

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